Thursday, September 30, 2004

Warner was once Favre's backup

By Michael Eisen,
Since becoming the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers in 1992, Brett Favre has had 11 backups who have gone on to start for other teams. Only one of those signal-callers has won a Super Bowl and the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.

That player is Kurt Warner, now the Giants’ starting quarterback. On Sunday, the two quarterbacks – who have played in four Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls and have five MVP awards between them – will share the spotlight when the Giants visit the Packers in Lambeau Field.

Warner’s first NFL experience was with the Packers in 1994. He signed with Green Bay as a free agent after being passed over in the draft following a career at Northern Iowa. After getting a look in training camp, Warner was released.

After leaving Green Bay, Warner did not resurface in the NFL again until St. Louis signed him after the 1997 season. The rest, as they say, is history. Warner became one of the greatest success stories in NFL history. In 1999, his first year as a starter, he was voted Most Valuable Player and led the Rams to a victory over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV (Warner was also the game’s MVP). Two years later, he won the award again while leading St. Louis to another Super Bowl, which the Rams lost to New England.

The Giants signed Warner on June 2, a day after he was released by the Rams. With No. 1 draft choice Eli Manning waiting in the wings, Warner has led the Giants to a 2-1 start. Last week, he reached 15,000 passing yards in his 56th game, tying Dan Marino for the fewest games needed to reach that milestone.

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